Built for physically-active travellers, this circuit takes you to the heart of the wild Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, one of the world’s most spectacular trekking areas. Zigzag across the Cordillera del Paine, viewing high mountain peaks, tumbling glaciers, brilliant blue and green lakes, and native Lenga forests along the way ... More info ›
Built for physically-active travellers, this circuit takes you to the heart of the wild Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, one of the world’s most spectacular trekking areas. Zigzag across the Cordillera del Paine, viewing high mountain peaks, tumbling glaciers, brilliant blue and green lakes, and native Lenga forests along the way.
The W name comes from the formation of a perfect W when joining the trails that access to the 3 highlights in the Circuit: Base Torres, French Valley and Grey Glacier.
Make your ascent to the base of Torres del Paine with its monumental peaks towering over glacier lakes and a rocky moraine. Trek through the stunning French Valley to reach Grey Lake, with spectacular views of the Grey Glacier. Sleep in ‘Refugios’ or campsites amongst superb mountain sceneries, and absorb the peaceful vibe of this pristine national park with vibrant flowers and crisp mountain air.
Day 1: Transport from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park (Regular Bus) (D)
Meet at Puerto Natales bus station at 14:00 and catch a 14:30 bus to Torres del Paine National Park. Travel by bus to Torres del Paine National Park (Laguna Amarga Main Entrance), with a short stop at Cerro Castillo Village. After reaching the Laguna Amarga Main Entrance at 16:30 pm and paying the entrance fee, take the shuttle to Las Torres sector where the Refugio Torre Central is located.
Day 2: Trekking to "The Base of Torres del Paine" (8-10 hours; 13km; Difficult) (B/L/D)
We recommend having an early breakfast and start hiking by 9:00 am. Walk during 1 hour through an ancient Lenga forest until you reach the base of “The Moraine”. Then a challenging 45-minute ascent will follow to reach one of the most impressive lookouts in the park; "The Base of Torres del Paine" where you will have amazing views of the glacier lake and the 3 well-known monumental towers rising over 2,600 meters in height.
Day 3: Trekking from El Chileno to Los Cuernos, Hike Francés Sector (4.5-6.5 hours; 11km; Medium) (B/L/D)
Again, we recommend starting off at 9:00 am today. The trail goes through the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain, which is part of the Paine Massif, and offers great views of Nordenskjöld Lake. In December, look for vibrantly colored flora like the "Ciruelillo or Fire Bush" with vivid red flowers. After about 4 to 5 hours of hiking today, you will get to the Base of Los Cuernos where you will stay the night in the Frances Sector.
Day 4: Trekking to The French Valley (8-10 hours; 25.3km; Difficult) (B/L/D)
We recommend waking up early this morning starting off around 8:00 am. Hike for 2 hours along a rolling trail until "Campamento Italiano", with picturesque views of Nordenskjöld Lake. Pass by Campamento Italiano again this afternoon. From here, the ascent goes for about one hour and a half until the French Glacier lookout, from where you will be able to see its hanging glacier and possibly some small avalanches. The trail continues until "Campamento Britanico" and then after another 20 minutes of hiking you will reach the lookout point. You will return back to Campamento Italiano along the same path, and then go until the Pehoe sector, with wonderful views of Lake Pehoe and Paine Grande.
Day 5: Trekking to Grey Glacier (8-9 hours; 22km; Medium) & Return to Puerto Natales (B/L)
We recommend you to start off at 9:00 am, following the trail that goes through the western side of the Paine Massif, with spectacular views of the mountains and the famous Grey Glacier in the distance. Be ready at 18:00 pm to take the Catamaran that crosses Pehoe Lake until the Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales (arrival time at Puerto Natales bus station around 22:00 pm).